Archives for August 2015

Next Free Entrance at National Parks is September 26

Ooops, I am definitely not Doctor Who – time confusion, August 25 was yesterday. But the next free day is about a month away, September 26 in 2015 (National Public Lands Day), plenty of time to plan ahead, since planning ahead for -1 days (August 25) is slightly difficult without the use of a Tardis…

If you live near one of the 127 national parks (out of 408 total) that charge admission/entrance, on specific days every year (MLK, Prez weekend, Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, Public Lands Day, Veterans Day), you can get FREE admission. Details, restrictions, list of parks, and days/dates that offer free admission for all can be found at the National Park Service website.

TIP: great way to build a large library of “busy day at national park” stock photos 🙂

YMMV: $10 Bonus with $100+ Amazon Gift Card Auto Reload

This is a YMMV promotion. You receive a $10 bonus if you setup an Amazon Gift Card Auto Reload with $100+. Only some Amazon customers are eligible for this promotion (depending on however their computers determine this). You can tell if you are eligible if you are logged on to your Amazon account and then visit the Auto-Reload FAQ page. If you are eligible, you will see it there. Unfortunately I am not eligible for this offer, so I can’t tell you how it works…

If you are not eligible for this offer, you will see the FAQs but at the top of the page you will see this message: “Thank you for your interest in Gift Card Balance Auto-Reload. Unfortunately, you are not eligible for this offer.”

If you are not logged to an Amazon account, you will see this message: “Oops! You aren’t signed in. Please sign in and refresh this page to confirm if you qualify for this offer.”.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Cameras start at $64.50

Depending on color scheme (seven options) and the actual seller, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera start at $64.50 (yellow) and go up to $70 at Amazon… Meanwhile the Mini 8N bundles range from $67 to $71… Prices fluctuate as they change at each seller and for each color… These are instant film cameras (I’m sure someone somewhere has a question at Yahoo Answers on where to put the SD memory card in these because they can’t find the slot or it doesn’t fit)…

In-stock again: 28-inch Monoprice 12156 CrystalPro LED 4K Monitor for $400

Back in-stock at the Monoprice website is the 28-inch CrystalPro LED 4K Monitor, product number 12156, for $400 with free standard shipping. It has 3840 x 2160 resolution, with 60Hz only through the DisplayPort (recommended 1.2 or later cables). It has 2x HDMI/MHL, 1x Dual-Link DVI-D, 2x DisplayPort inputs. The last picture in the gallery over there shows them:


Canon USA official store: Buy 1 Photo Paper Get 4 (yes FOUR) FREE [but wait, there’s more, order $60+ get bonus 5 packs of 100pk 4×6 photo paper for FREE]

Not by design, but we seem to have a bit of printer and paper theme today. Which brings us to the official Canon USA store having a crazy “Buy 1 Get 4 Free” (yes, buy ONE get FOUR free) sale on select photo papers. To locate the eligible items traverse their selection of Photo Papers. The ones that are eligible for this promotion mention the offer in the search results (annotated screenshot crop example right below):


There’s no coupon, no effort. You simply add ONE to your shopping cart. Then when you visit the shopping cart, you magically find an additional four of them added there for free. Annotated screenshot crop example right below:


If you increase the quantity in the shopping cart from 1 to 2, the free items magically increase from 4 to 8! If you increase it to 3, they jump to 12, and so forth.

Also, if your order total is $60 or more, the shopping cart automatically activates and adds this offer: “Receive 5 FREE Packs of Photo Paper Plus Glossy II 4×6 (100 Sheets) when you spend $60 or more on Ink and Combo/Value Packs”. CRAZY! This is stackable with the previous offers. Here is another screenshot crop with an order total of $60+:


The above freebie appears automatically. You don’t have to do anything.

Offer ends August 31 2015 at 11:59 pm ET. USA addresses only. Resellers not eligible. Etc, etc, etc.

VuPoint Solutions Photo Cube Mini Wireless Pocket Photo Printer for $100

The VuPoint Solutions Photo Cube Mini Wireless Pocket Photo Printer is currently on sale for $100 with free expedited shipping at Adorama. Offer ends by 8/31/15…

Pay $95, Get $100 eBay Gift card via e-mail (limit 1)

To the eBay Deals we go where we have a meta-deal of sorts: Pay $95, Get $100 eBay Gift Card via e-mail, sold by PayPal Digital Gifts. Limit one per customer. Over 10,000 sold so far. It may take up to 2-4 hours to arrive in some cases. As usual, this is a limited time offer of unknown expiration date.

(OUT OF STOCK) One Year of Prime + 32GB Fire Phone (Unlocked GSM) for $130 [limit 5; Prime years are STACKABLE]

UPDATE 8/27/15 at 12:03am ET: As of this update, the Fire Phone (32GB, GSM, Unlocked, No Contract) is out of stock and cannot be ordered. I don’t know if it will return, they don’t have the usual “email me” link… You can use this link to check for updates, but I will also monitor the situation… Previous updates from when it was in-stock after the jump…

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(ENDED) Ends Thur 3am ET: Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer for $68

This daily deal expired… The deputy deal of the day at the Amazon Gold Box is the Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with scan, copy, fax for $68 with free shipping. Offer ends 3am ET on Thursday or earlier if sold out.

(ENDED) Thursday Lightning Deals: Epson Scanner, Corel PSP X7 Ultimate, etc

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box and Camera & Photo page

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(ENDED) Wedn Fry’s Promo codes: Mystery P&S for $98, Canon MG 7520 for $60, etc

These daily deals expired…

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Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Orange) for $50

It may be very orange but it is not oozing Vitamin C. The Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Orange) is currently on sale for $50 with free expedited shipping, with a limit of two per customer at B&H Photo… While there, they are offering the 5512GB Crucial MX100 2.5″ Internal Solid State Drive for $185.

Now shipping from B&H Photo: Canon 5DS R, GX8 both colors, and more

If you are a B&H Photo fan or have gift cards or promotional rewards and are looking for new product releases, as of the time of writing, the following new products are in-stock and ready to ship to your arms with free expedited shipping:

15.4″ Apple MacBook Pro (mid 2014, MGXC2LL/A) with Extras for $1750

UPDATE 8/26/15: The same laptop is offered for $1750 with a free LG external DVD burner and a free Microsoft Bluetooth mouse at Adorama… The same laptop bundled with a three year Apple Care extended warranty is offered for $1950 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Offers ends by 11:59pm ET on 8/27/15… To purchase Apple products at Adorama, one must needs be part of the Adorama VIP program which is free to join…

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BorrowLenses 20% off and extra day with select Labor Day rentals coupon

BorrowLenses has a rental double special for Labor Day. Coupon code GETGEAR20 gets you 20% off and if your rentals are scheduled to overlap with Labor Day, you will also get an extra day for free. The coupon is simple, the latter is a bit more complicated. It is explained in detail at the Borrow Lenses website. The coupon is for rentals of camera gear, not purchases.

(ENDED) Wednesday Lightning Deals: 64GB Sony SDXC, 15-inch NiX Digiframe

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box and Camera & Photo page

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(ENDED) Wedn: Sony a77 II with 16-50 f2.8 and $50 Gift Card for $1600

This daily deal confusion ended, thank The Seven!…

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(ENDED) Woot-OFF for Electronics and Computers and others

This morphing Woot-OFF ended on Thursday at 1am ET after the customary 48 hours…

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Pre-order new Olympus E-M10 Mark II for $650 (body) or $800 (w/14-42)

New from Olympus, the E-M10 Mark II is now available for pre-order with a late August 2015 release estimate. The body only goes for $650, while the kit with the 14-42mm lens goes for $800, in black or silver. Pre-orders are accepted at Get Olympus (official Olympus USA store) and at Adorama… This has been added to the New Cameras Tracking Page

Bling This: 20% off Crystal Camera Replicas (Leica M, Nikon D90, Canon 7D)

Crystals. Cameras. Together at last. B&H Photo has a 20% off sale on three Fotodiox Crystal Camera Replicas for the Leica M, Canon 7D and Nikon D90. Prices are $48 for the “DSLRs” and $64 for the “Leica”. These are 2/3 scale models. Handcrafted from Grade K9 Crystal. They do not take pictures 🙂

Lomography Spinner 360° Panoramic Camera for $75

The Lomography Spinner 360° Panoramic Camera is currently on sale for $75 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is a film camera (35mm films)

Lighting and Studio specials at B&H: Gossen, LitePanels, Bowens, etc

We continue rounding up some of the latest B&H Photo specials. In this post, we take a look at lightning and studio equipment. Free shipping unless otherwise indicated:

+ Gossen DigiPro F2 – Flash and Ambient Light Meter for $260
+ Litepanels 1 x 1 Bi-Color LED Flood Light for $999
+ Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC) for $800
+ Porta Brace packs for Litepanels (two options, $179, $211)
+ Vello Speedlight Accessory Starter Kit for $74.50
+ Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Single for $40

For more B&H action, check their Featured Deals page

Tripods Etc sales: Manfrotto, Velbon, Steadicam, Intova, Video Heads

To cover some ground faster, in this post, we round up a number of Tripods Etc (tripods, monopods, and other stabilizers and holders) currently on sale at B&H Photo (with free shipping unless otherwise indicated):

+ Manfrotto 293 Carbon Fiber Tripod with MH293D3-Q2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with Folding Handles for $200
+ Manfrotto MK293A4-D3Q2 Aluminum Tripod 4S with 3-Way Pan Head for $120
+ Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release for $200
+ Velbon Ultra Stick M53 Aluminum Monopod for $40
+ Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod for $300
+ Sirui Video Heads (two options, $180, $300)
+ Tovatec Base Tray w/ Double Handle for $50
+ ProTapes tape (two options; tapes are “holders” – the loophole to include them in this round-up :-))

1yr Creative Cloud Student and Teacher edition for $190

If you qualify per Adobe’s guidelines for their Student and Teacher editions (remember, what common sense may suggest qualifies may not – make sure you check the prerequisites if you are not familiar with – there is a link in the linked-to page later in this post), you can purchase a one year subscription of their Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher edition) for $190 at B&H Photo. This is the full Creative Cloud, not just the Photography plan. Also required a US billing address at registration. You pay $190 at checkout and a few hours later you receive an email.

Imported grey-market Nikon D810 body only for $2100

And now some imported grey-market action at the eBay Deals… According to the listing subtitle there, this offer expires by 8/31/15… it is the new condition imported grey-market Nikon D810 body only offered for $2100 with free shipping by eBay seller “Get It Digital” with a limit of five per customer…

This comes with a 1yr warranty from the seller, not Nikon USA… The eBay listing says:

“Direct Import Item 1yr US Warranty via Seller
Warranty Provider: Trained Professionals at Authorized Repair Center”

In comparison, at authorized Nikon dealers, the D810 body only goes for $3000 with various free accessories included at B&H Photo and Adorama and Amazon.

Refurbished Nikon D7000 with 18-55 non-VR for $450

We haven’t forgotten about the eBay Deals! Back there we go, where the Buydig eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7000 with 18-55mm non-VR for $450 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer… There are many Nikon DSLR options out there in this price range, so you have many choices to consider considering…

Nikon SLR Lens Instant Savings expire 8/29/15 (8 options)

The current iteration of the Nikon SLR Lens instant Savings are set to expire on 8/29/15. Eight lenses are participating. These are straight up discounts on the lenses, you don’t need to buy a camera body or sing or dance to get them. You can find the nicely organized at B&H Photo

32GB EyeFi Mobi Pro SDHC card for $80

The 32GB EyeFi Mobi Pro SDHC wireless card is currently on sale for $80 by 3rd-party sellers and Amazon itself as well at Amazon. Check specs, details, reviews, etc if you are not familiar with these.

Refurbished Canon SX50 HS superzoom (50x) for $170 (with 1yr warranty)

Zoom-zoom for fixed lens cameras. The aptly named Canon SX50 HS (50x optical zoom) is currently offered for a limited time in refurbished condition for $170 with free shipping and a one year warranty by the official Canon USA store… If you happen to be 49.8% vs 49.8% on this, a 4GB SD memory card included may tilt the scales (but not sure in which direction!)… Offer ends 8/25/15 late PM… All gear offered through that store come with a one year warranty and a thorough inspection…

Refurbished Samsung WB350F compact-zoom for $124

If you prefer manufacturer refurbished compact-zooms with a 90 day manufacturer warranty, the Samsung WB350F (21x optical) is offered for $124 with free shipping by 3rd-party seller “deal-STOP” (94%, 5875 ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals in the black color scheme. It ships from the 3rd-party seller so it is not eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping.

The new condition prices at the moment start at $202 at Amazon (in black) and $210 at B&H Photo (all colors)

Panasonic 14-140mm f4-5.8 MegaOIS (m43) for $300

Zoom-zoom for Micro Four Thirds users! B&H Photo is offering the new condition Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f4.0-5.8 ASPH MEGA OIS superzoom lens for $300 with free shipping… Optionally you can file a mail-in rebate with Panasonic that triples the warranty (three years instead of one). This requires a sacrificial lamb: you have to include the UPC barcode from the lens box…

PS: if you accidentally mis-align your right hand while trying to touch type “Mega OIS”, you end up with …”Mega POS”.

Pentax Floating Wrist Strap for $5 w/free s&h

We haven’t forgotten the “$5 Gadget” posts! The bright yellow Pentax Floating Wrist Strap is currently on sale for $5 with free shipping (even if you buy only one) at B&H Photo… Speaking of floating, but without unconditional free shipping, you can get the Intova Camera Floatation Strap for $4 (free shipping with $49+ order).

Lensbaby Fisheye Optic for $50

The Lensbaby Fisheye Optic is currently on sale for $50 with free expedited shipping even at B&H Photo. This is to be used as part of the Lensbaby system – check product page and reviews for details.

Refurbished Canon D-Rebel T5 with 18-55 IS for $250

Juxtaposition alert, deal edition! I’m not even sure what the previous sentence means, but on we go: in parallel with the new condition T5 MIR bundle, the official Canon USA online store is offering the refubished Canon D-Rebel T5 with 18-55 IS II for $250 with free shipping. Offer ends by 8/29/15. Refurbished items sold from the official Canon USA store come with a one year warranty.

Canon D-Rebel T5 with 18-55 & 75-300 & Pixma Pro 100 & 50pk 13×19 paper for $450 after $350 MIR

This is a bit of an unusual combination, but if the stars align and you could all these (eg the DSLR kit for a beginner and the printer for you), Focus Camera is offering a Canon D-Rebel T5 two-lens kit with printer bundle. The price is $450 after a $350 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express gift card). For that, you get the Canon D-Rebel T5 with the 18-55 and 75-300 lenses, the Pixma Pro 100 printer, and a 50pk of 13×19 inch Canon semi-gloss photo paper.

Sony HDR-AS200VW action cam with boatload of free accessories for $250

The Sony HDR-AS200VW action camera currently goes for $250 at authorized Sony dealers, but if you also want/need or could use/trade/sell a boatload of accessories, for the same price of $250 with free shipping, you can get it with these bonus accessories: 32GB Sony microSD, generic camera bag, 3rd-party battery charger, 3rd party battery, Zeiko card reader, HDMi cable, cleaning kit and screen protectors by Beach Camera thru Amazon. It ships from Beach (NJ) so it is not eligible for free 2-day Prime shippings.

40% Walgreens Photo orders with coupon (ends 8/26/15)

Good until Wednesday 11:59pm ET in the Central Time Zone (8/26/15), coupon code STOCKUP40 gets you 40% off on everything photo at Walgreens Photo. Many of the options include same-day store-pick-up for free. Shipped offers follow their shipping fees/terms. The coupon can be used up to five times by each customer during this promotional period.

GoPro HERO4 Black 4K Action Camera for $400

Especially if you have Adorama gift certificates or promotional rewards waiting to be spent, the Adorama website is having a flash sale expiring 8/25/15, you can get the new condition GoPro HERO4 Black 4K Waterproof Action Camera for $400 with free expedited shipping. If you need big accessory bundles, page down over there under the “About” section to see links to three different bundles (those cost more).

Monday: Fry’s promo codes: 20pk 8×10 photo paper for $3, etc

The Fry’s Monday 8/24/15 offers using the unique promo codes found in your email subscription of their enewsletter (if you are subscribed) include:

+ 20pk 8×10 inch ProHT photo paper for $3 (limit 2)
+ pay $20, get $25 iTunes Gift Card (limit 1; in-store only)
+ offers are good in-store and online unless otherwise indicated above
+ for online orders, free S&H with $34 or more
+ offers only good Monday 8/24/15

15% off sitewide at Monoprice with coupon (ends Monday PM)

Good until Monday 8/24/15 night Sunday 8/23/15 night, coupon code HOT15 gets you 15% off sitewide at the Monoprice website. The usual restrictions apply (Tamron lenses not eligible). More details over there. Monoprice has a variety of bang for the buck camera and tech accessories in general.

UPDATE: the coupon has been extended for an additional day. Moving expiration dates, a webmaster’s bane 🙂

(ENDED) Ends Wedn 3am ET: Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for $45 (Disc or Download)

This daily deal expired… The bonus deal of the day in the Amazon Gold Box good until 3am ET on Wednesday (or earlier if sold out) is a sale on the Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 software for $45 with free shipping (for the disc option) or free digital download (Mac or PC).

(ENDED) Tuesday Lightning Deals: Panasonic FZ200 bundle (starts 9:50am ET), EyeFi, Princess, etc

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box and Camera & Photo page

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(ENDED) Ends 4pm ET (Mon): “Road to Seeing” photography hardcover textbook (696 pages) for $41

This lightning deal expired…

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(ENDED) Monday: Narrative Clip wearable cameras for $100

This daily deal expired…

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(ENDED) New WOOT-OFF (started on Tuesday at 1am ET)

These ended…

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Refurbished Sale at official Canon USA store: select DSLRs, Lenses, Fixed Lens cameras with 1-Year Warranty

The official Canon USA online store has a refurbished sale on select products. The sale prices are shown in red ink. These items come with a one year Canon warranty and pass a “comprehensive quality assurance inspection”. A number of red-ink items are out of stock, but about half of them remain:

+ select refurbished DSLR kits (multiple pages)
+ select refurbished SLR lenses (multiple pages)
+ select refurbished Fixed Lens cameras (multiple pages)

Panasonic A1 action-cam drops to $178

The recently released Panasonic A1 action camera (model HX-A1M) available in adventurous-orange or serious-black is now on sale for $178 at Amazon et al… IF you need a handful of extra accessories (including a 32GB microSD) you can get it for the same price plus $10 flat shipping by Cameta upon Amazon

August 23-29: Photo paper specials at Staples (no rebates)

For the week of August 23-29 in 2015, the Staples brick and mortar stores, per their weekly ad, will be having the following photo paper specials. No coupons, no rebates needed for these offers, but if you have any general purpose coupons you can use them towards the purchase:

  • 60pk 4×6″ Staples brand glossy photo paper for $4
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Free on all Kodak photo papers
  • 50% off on all 4×6 and 5×7 inch HP photo papers

(ENDED) Monday Lightning Deals: Three Photography Books (Portrait, Photographer’s Journey, GoPro), Godox, Lightdow, Nixplay, 32GB Sony SD, etc

These lighting deals expired… For future ones in the future, check the Amazon Gold Box and Camera & Photo page

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(ENDED) Mon: E-Image EK60AAM Fluid Drag Video Head and Tripod for $180

This daily deal expired… For more B&H action, check their Featured Deals page

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